photo: Antonella Travascio

Adamdam

Adamdam examines the creation and destruction of forms and ideas. The work relates to the human body as matter that can be shaped, controlled, used or misused. It is inspired by the tail of the Golem, a Jewish myth that tells the story of an anthropoid made of clay. The term ‘Golem’ first appeared in the bible and referred to an embryonic substance, a form not yet shaped. Zaides’ interpretation presents the Golem as a brainless entity that serves a repressive human master. 

On stage, two dancers move slowly. They form a hybrid entity that appears to be activated for the first time. They test the Golem’s physical abilities using bulky gestures, then separate back into an individual state. Alternatively, they assume the roles of the master and his clay figure, trying to shape each other’s movements.

Adamdam was premiered at the Curtain Up Festival, Tel Aviv, 2006.

Credits & Collaborators

Choreography Arkadi Zaides Co-creator Sharon Zuckerman Weiser Performed by Sharon Zuckerman Weiser/Bosmat Nossan, Arkadi Zaides Singer Riff Cohen Light Itay Weiser Costumes Brigitte Cartier (Baladi Company)

Past Events

10 December 2006
International Exposure Festival, The Lab, Jerusalem, Israel
12 November 2007
The Lab, Jerusalem, Israel
10—11 January 2008
Oyoun Theater, Majd El Shams, The Golan Hights
6 June 2008
Adama Hangar, Machtesh Ramon, Israel
16 January 2009
Beit Ha'am, Kfar Bloom, Israel
23 October 2017

In a weekly event throughout the season, ​Dansehallerne presents meetings between affiliated artists and guests. In the upcoming session which topic is 'Choreography or Activism?' Arkadi Zaides will have a conversation with the choreographer Efva Lilja.

15—19 November 2017

The experience and representation of collectivity are closely linked to an active act of imagination and representation where identities are not just given but constructed and performed. Thus, artistic and theoretical practices matter in this process of chosen or imposed filiations and legacies. What does it mean when a body, in the desire of having something in common, of sharing certainty, stands in for a broader cause? How do gestures and movement equip us with a sense of recognition, with a feeling of home? And where does collectivity end up in monitoring our imagination and introduce (self-)censorship? “Violence of Inscriptions #3” will host Farah Saleh, Frédéric Pouillaude, deufert&plischke, Jens R. Giersdorf, Didem Pekün, Kat Francois and Invernomuto for the 3ed event in the series.

Usages Géopolitiques Des Images

What influence do images have on migration policies? How do dictatorial regimes produce their imagery? Is there an ethical way to document war zones? USAGES GÉOPOLITIQUES DES IMAGES is a new publication that sets to examine these issues through the works of various contemporary artists. The book compiles the writing of twelve contributors, among them is Frédéric Pouillaude, whose essay examines  Zaides' practice over the past years.